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Coronavirus Update: Working From Home (again)

A government campaign was launched in early August to actively encourage employees to return to the workplace in an attempt to boost the wider economy and revitalise city centres that had been left empty after months of lockdown. However, within two months, the pandemic appears to have taken a turn for the worse and the government announced yesterday that once again people should work from home wherever possible.

Ukraine relaunches privatisation

September 2020 – Yesterday, 22 September, the President of Ukraine signed the Law which amends the Law of Ukraine “On privatisation of state and communal property” (the “Law”), introduces parliamentary control over the privatisation of state property and “unfreezes” the preparatory procedures to privatise large-scale state-owned objects. The Law was adopted by the Ukrainian parliament on 8 September 2020 and will become effective after its official publication.

Cyprus introduces film production incentives

Producers and media companies are invited to utilise the Cyprus landscape and infrastructure and enjoy a variety of legal, corporate and tax incentives for filming in Cyprus under the new Cyprus Filming Scheme.

Legal guide to pre-enforcement steps under Jersey and Guernsey law

The temporary Covid-19 protections offered by the UK government to businesses to prevent them from being subject to winding up petitions or wrongful trading actions are currently due to expire at the end of September (although an extension is very possible).



HSF debuts legal ops secondment scheme

Herbert Smith Freehills (HSF) has started to offer secondments within its recently-created global legal operations function, as it seeks to create a formal programme around the opportunity. The secondment is open to lawyers wanting to help clients dealing with their operational issues by assisting in-house lawyers as they embark on transformation and automation projects. The […]

Trio of firms act on £1bn Blackfriars riverside development

Clifford Chance, Clyde & Co and Stephenson Harwood are acting on the development of Bankside Yards, a £1.3bn mixed-use project situated on the south side of the Thames between the Tate Modern and Blackfriars Bridge. Head of UK real estate construction Marianne Toghill is acting for Clifford Chance’s longstanding client Native Land on the construction […]

Mark Higgs

Linklaters contract lawyer service chief decamps to Freshfields as COO

The head of Linklaters‘ contract lawyer platform has left to join Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer as London chief operating officer, The Lawyer understands. Mark Higgs, who was COO of the firm’s Re:Link service, has spent almost 11 months at Linklaters. In October, he was promoted to global head of alternative legal services, only a few weeks […]

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